Character in epistemology

Philosophical Studies 128 (3):479--514 (2006)
This paper examines the claim made by certain virtue epistemologists that intellectual character virtues like fair-mindedness, open-mindedness and intellectual courage merit an important and fundamental role in epistemology. I begin by considering whether these traits merit an important role in the analysis of knowledge. I argue that they do not and that in fact they are unlikely to be of much relevance to any of the traditional problems in epistemology. This presents a serious challenge for virtue epistemology. I go on to examine the work of two other virtue epistemologists in light of this challenge and then sketch an alternative approach that reveals how the intellectual virtues might merit a substantial role in epistemology even if not a role in connection with more traditional epistemological projects.
Keywords character, code lorraine, epistemology, gettier cases, greco john, knowledge, montmarquet james, RESPONSIBILITY, virtue, zagzebski linda
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DOI 10.2307/4321733
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John Greco & John Turri (2011). Virtue Epistemology. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
John Greco (2003). ``Knowledge as Credit for True Belief". In Michael DePaul & Linda Zagzebski (eds.), Intellectual Virtue: Perspectives From Ethics and Epistemology. Oxford: Oxford University Press 111-134.

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